September 17, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What can I expect the experience to be like during the COVID-19 pandemic?

For more detailed information please visit the following links for Student FAQs regarding COVID-19, the university’s main COVID-19 information page, and the state of Hawai’i Safe Travel Program for all COVID related travel restrictions.

Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in Hawai’i since the spread of the Delta Variant has impacted communities on O’ahu, increased measures of safety such as vaccine passports have been implemented for entry to some establishments and UH Manoa is requiring that all students studying and living on campus be vaccinated. However, Hawai’i has consistently been one of the safest states with the lowest case numbers during this crisis, and due to the excellent weather and variety of outdoor activities there are many experiences that have remained open to the public, such as hiking, climbing, and watersports. Restrictions have mainly impacted indoor activities such as museums, zoos and aquariums, shops, and restaurants. At the time of writing, almost all these businesses are open with restrictions and it seems likely that restrictions will only decrease as time goes on, increasing the opportunities available to students as we get back to “business as usual” on the island.

  • What are ASH’s responsibilities and what are my responsibilities as an applicant?

A Semester in Hawai’i (ASH) is a program intended to facilitate undergraduate students attending the University of Hawai’i Manoa for a single semester as transfer students. When it comes to navigating the process of enrollment and arrival on the island the ASH staff is here to help, but there are many aspects of the student experience that ASH does not have control over. Questions or concerns regarding the following issues should be directed to the following departments: UH system application (admissions), Registration for courses (registrar), Housing (student housing services), Financial support (financial aid services), and university fees (the cashier’s office). 

  • Who pays/who do I pay for tuition and other expenses as an ASH student?

As transfer students ASH students will be held responsible for all fees associated with attending UH unless specified otherwise in an agreement between UH and the student’s home institution. In the absence of a third party billing agreement tuition, housing, meals, and all other/incidental costs are the responsibility of the student and not the ASH program.

Ask your financial aid/advisor/study abroad office at your home institution if there is an active third party billing agreement between your home institution and UH Manoa’s ASH program. If the answer is yes, please contact us at and we will coordinate with our cashier’s office to fulfill our end of the agreement. If the answer is no, you can suggest that someone at your home institution reach out to us to establish a new third party billing agreement. However, please be aware that new agreements take too long to develop for the coming semester, often requiring several months to complete the process. 

  • What are the requirements for being accepted into the A Semester in Hawaiʻi program?

All applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the University of Hawai‘i, complete the additional ASH application form and submit two letters of recommendation (see the apply page for details). ASH admits the best and brightest of students into the program. Students should be “self-starters” who have clear academic goals they wish to pursue.

  • Can foreign students apply to the ASH program?

Foreign students are not prohibited from the program, but there are special considerations for foreign students who wish to come to the University of Hawai‘i under the ASH program, and alternative programs (such as Manoa International Exchange) may be more appropriate. Participants in this program are enrolled as classified students and must complete the UH International Admissions Process.

  • What are the ASH application deadlines?

Unless noted otherwise, the same as UH undergraduate admission deadlines, typically March 1st for Fall Semester, and October 1st for Spring Semester. Since enrollment and on-campus housing are limited, we recommend that students apply as early as possible. Admissions are on a rolling acceptance, so those who apply early have an advantage.

  • Will course credits transfer to my home institution?

How UH credit applies to your institution’s specific requirements depends on your college regulations. Check with your home college advisor or registrar in advance to plan how academic work taken at UH will apply toward major and graduation requirements.

  • Must students take specific courses while in the ASH program?

Students are free to enroll in any course offered at UH for which they meet the prerequisites. However, students are encouraged to take at least one course unique to Hawaii, Asia, or the Pacific.

  • Why study at the University of Hawai‘i in the ASH program?

Enhance your education: Studying in Hawai‘i adds a new perspective to your studies. You will experience distinctive learning opportunities unavailable at your home campus or online, which will help you develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Build your resume: Studying in Hawai‘i adds a new dimension to your career planning. In an age of global economies and information super-highways, experience of another culture distinguishes your background from the rest.

Develop your self-awareness: Because students must learn to navigate through a multi-cultural world, studying away lets you experience greater self-awareness.

Understand and appreciate other cultures: Living and learning in Hawai‘i in the midst of the unfamiliar adds to your understanding of the variety of cultures in our world and gives you a maturity and perspective.

  • How much does it cost to participate in the ASH program?

Students must pay non-resident tuition and fees, housing, meals, transportation and incidental expenses. A semester at the University of Hawaiʻi typically costs less than resident tuition at a comparable mainland institution. There is no extra charge for being in the ASH program.

  • Is financial aid available?

Please check the UH Financial Aid Office and complete the free FAFSA form to apply for financial aid. In addition check with your home college financial aid office to see if your current financial aid can be applied toward UH expenses.

Most ASH students receive some form of financial aid including federal grants, although ASH does not offer scholarships or tuition waivers to our students. Remember that studying abroad or at the University of Hawaiʻi in the ASH program, when carefully integrated with your overall educational objectives, is a long-term investment in yourself and your future. It is also an opportunity available to you as a student which will not likely be available to you at any other time in your life.

  • Is ASH offered every semester?

ASH is offered during fall and spring semesters. It is not offered during the summer or winter interim sessions. However, if you wish to attend UH during the summer, please check the Summer Session website

  • Can I stay at UH for an additional semester or summer session?

Although ASH is designed as a one-semester program, students may stay for an additional semester or summer session. Coming to UH Manoa through the ASH program is also an excellent option for students interested in transferring to UH full-time who are looking to visit in order to help make their decision. If this applies to you, please consider that once you have been accepted to the ASH program you do not need to reapply to be accepted to UH Manoa as a full-time student for the remainder of your undergraduate career!

  • Is the University of Hawai‘i accredited?

The University of Hawai‘i is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • What is my academic standing while attending UH?

Students are admitted as unclassified temporary transfer students (unless applying through the international admissions process). The UH Admission Office requires complete transcripts for all college courses taken previously.

  • How will I register for courses and what is my ID number?

Students may register for courses online at the UH registration website My UH ( You can determine your registration day and time at this website. The current UH course catalog is also online. Your ID number is assigned when you receive the letter of acceptance from the UH Office of Admissions.

  • What health forms are required?

Students must submit the state-required health clearance forms before they can register for courses at UH. All students must meet health clearance requirements before the first day of the term of attendance. The health requirements are: a negative tuberculin (PPD) skin test, or normal chest x-ray performed within 12 months of your enrollment; and two doses of measles or MMR vaccination.

  • Can I live on-campus?

On-campus housing is available. Check UH Student Housing for applications, deadlines, descriptions of dorms and apartments, and costs. 

  • How do I get from the airport to the UH campus?

The easiest way to get from the airport is by shuttle van or taxicab, both of which are located in the baggage claim area.

Luggage is not allowed on city buses, but if you arrive with a carry-on bag, the bus is another option. Bus stops are located on the second floor of the airport and the fare is $2.50 (exact change required).

  • Where is the Manoa campus?

Our 320-acre main University of Hawai‘i campus is situated in lush Manoa Valley, a quiet residential neighborhood only minutes away from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Within a short walking distance, you’ll find supermarkets, coffee shops, drug stores, copy centers, lei and flower shops, bookstores, small boutiques, and a variety of restaurants from routine fast-food to those featuring regional cuisine. This campus is a short drive to the Honolulu International Airport. Honolulu is on the island of Oʻahu, one of the five major islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.

  • What clothes will I need in Hawai‘i?

Hawai‘i enjoys near-perfect weather year-around. Typical daytime temperatures range from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. Consistent trade winds provide a cooling breeze. Water temperature year-round is about 78-80 degrees. Pack light weight clothing as you would for warm weather on the mainland, but bring a jacket or warm sweater for cool evenings and for high elevation hikes. More formal attire may be desired for special occasions, but it is rarely required in Hawaii.

  • How will I get around the island?

Honolulu’s bus service is one of the city’s outstanding advantages. Buses stop at most historic sites, the business district, shopping malls, Waikiki, and even travel around the island. For bus route and scheduling information, call (808) 848-5555, 5:30am to 10:00pm, or visit The Bus. Students may rent cars on weekends or purchase or rent mopeds.